High Roads
Part Two: The highest known roads in Great Britain.
Rankings Metres Feet* Rd no Road name Location/road between OSGB grid coordinates Source Remarks Top
Section 2.5: Yellow through roads over 500m
GB Scotland Wales
1 627m 2056' Harthope* St John's Chapel - Langton Beck NY 863 351 OS-SH Equal highest tarred through road in England (with A689) =3
2 1 626m 2054' Bealach na Bá** (aka Pass of the Cattle) Tornapress - Applecross NG 775 423 GBR Highest yellow road in Scotland 4
3 609m 1999' Black Hill* Nenthead - Coalcleugh NY 794 444 OS-SH 5
4 607m 1992' Swinhope Head** Westgate - Newbiggin NY 898 332 OS-SH 7
5 c600m Nunnery Hill* Nenthead - Garrigill NY 769 426 OS-C SH591 (1" SH1940') 200m to SW 9
6 589m 1934' Bardale Head* Hawes - Buckden SD 861 842 OS-SH SH 587 on side rd nearby 10
7 569m Shivery Hill** Allenheads - Coalcleugh NY 815 458 OS-C On 1:25K; imm NE of SH568 on 1:50K (1" SH1865) 12
(c566m) (c1857') (Okement Hill*) (Okehampton Ranges loop rd) SX 603 877 OS-SH Army rd, de facto open to public; was tarred (& yellow on 1" map), but now broken tar/poor gravel; included for interest, but not counted as "scoring". SH is next to rd.
8 1? c550m (1778') Gospel Pass** Hay on Wye - Capel y ffin SO 235 351 OS-C SHs 542 & 1778 look to be SE of highest point, which on the 1:25K map is virtually on the 550m contour. Is this, not the Bwlch-y-Groes, the highest road in Wales? Side rds below Hay Bluff not treated separately 16
9 2 549m Ben Lawers Road** Bridge of Balgie - Loch Tay NN 594 415 OS-SH On 1:25K map 13
10 2? 545m 1790' Bwlch-y-Groes** Dinas Mawddwy - Llanuwchllyn SH 913 232 OS-SH Long claimed as the highest road in Wales - but is it? 14
11 544m 1785' The Fleak** Askrigg - Reeth SD 964 940 OS-SH 15
12 539m 1769' Scarsike Head* Lintzgarth - Westgate NY 910 413 OS-SH 17
13 537m 1731' Galloway Gate** Dent Station - Garsdale Station SD 786 893 OS-SH 18
14 536m 1760' Currick** Allenheads - Lintzgarth NY 871 450 OS-SH 19
15 536m 1758' Tan Hill** Brough - Reeth NY 899 068 OS-SH Close to Britain's highest pub 20
16 3 (>533m) >1750' Garrow** Kenmore - Amulree NN 808 418 OS-C On 1" map rd crosses 1750' contour; SHs 1712' &529m are below summit 22
17 3 531m 1743' Ffrith Dôl-y-moch** Bronaber - Llanuwchllyn SH 783 333 OS-SH 23
18 526m 1726' Buttertubs Pass** Hawes - Muker SD 867 955 OS-SH 1:25K has another SH 526 100m to SW 25
19 524m 1718' Race Head** Lintzgarth - St John's Chapel NY 884 405 OS-SH =26
20 515m 1677' The Stang** Reeth - Barnard Castle NZ 018 067 OS-SH 34
=21 4 >510m >1650' Blorenge* N of Blaenavon SO 263 107 OS-C SH 508 on OS 1:25K but rd crosses 510m contour twice 35
=21 >510m >1650' Dane Head* Link road A53 - A54, nr Buxton SK 028 703 OS-C On 1:25K, rd touches 510m contour 40
23 5 509m 1671' Bryn y Fedwen** (aka Dylife) Staylittle - Machynlleth SN 837 951 OS-SH 36
(c509m) (Thirl Moor, Otterburn**) (Byrness - Coquetdale over ranges) NT 797 076 OS-SH SH by rd; de facto tarred public rd, white on map 37
24 508m 1667' Cuthbert's Hill* Blanchland - Lintzgarth NY 934 452 OS-SH 38
25 c505m Cat & Fiddle* Yellow rd to ESE from A537 SK 003 717 OS-C On 1:25K map, crosses 505m contour imm E of A537
26 503m 1652' Park Rash** Kettlewell - Carlton SD 987 758 OS-SH 39
27 6 >500m Hirnant Pass** Bala - Lake Vyrnwy SH 946 273 OS-C On 1:25K, just crosses 500m contour at summit =41
4 (>500m) (Kenknock**) (Kenknock - Loch Lyon; private rd) NN 450 388 OS-C De facto tarred public rd, white on 1:50K map. On 1:25K map just crosses 500m contour =41
28 c500m Horseshoe Hill** Stanhope - Blanchland NY 990 444 OS-C Road touches 500m contour on OS 1:25K. SH 499 100m SE